swad·​dle | \ ˈswä-dᵊl How to pronounce swaddle (audio) \
swaddled; swaddling\ ˈswäd-​liŋ How to pronounce swaddling (audio) , ˈswä-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of swaddle

transitive verb

1a : to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
b : envelop, swathe legs swaddled in bandages
2 : restrain, restrict marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe— Nina Auerbach

Examples of swaddle in a Sentence

He swaddled the baby in a blanket.
Recent Examples on the Web In the shot, the little girl looked up at the camera as she was swaddled in a white blanket with a pink hat on her head. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Shawn Johnson Reveals She Was in Labor for 22 Hours Before Welcoming Daughter Via C-Section," 7 Nov. 2019 The camera moves toward the crying babies, one swaddled in black, the other in white. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Ten years later, Lost's most tantalizing mysteries are still 'Across the Sea'," 11 May 2020 Voter suppression now has a white face, thanks to images of black, brown and white Wisconsin voters, standing glumly in long lines while swaddled in masks and gloves. John Blake, CNN, "White Wisconsin voters got a crash course in Jim Crow, and Republicans may regret it," 13 Apr. 2020 This bygone relic of ground, chopped and minced meat swaddled in a flavorful gelée, baked into a crust and served with a vibrant parsley salad is a perfect companion to the bar’s quirky selection of wines. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Critics pick: 25 best San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 She was swaddled in protective gear in order to say her goodbyes. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Michigan Woman Loses Husband, Son Within Days Of Each Other To Coronavirus," 13 Apr. 2020 Denied in life the chance to gain power, influence and dignity, the deceased were found meticulously swaddled in winding sheets secured with shroud pins and lying supine in individual coffins. Bettye Kearse, Time, "I Feared My Enslaved Ancestors Had Been Dishonored in Death—But the African Burial Ground in New York City Tells a Different Story," 24 Mar. 2020 Out on the street, T somehow looks even more frail, his 6-foot-1 frame stooped and swaddled in his winter jacket over another jacket over his father’s gray wool sweater over a Duofold wool undershirt over a white ribbed tank. Jessica Lustig, New York Times, "What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus," 24 Mar. 2020 Advocates for the weighted blanket theorize that the pressure of the weight has a calming effect on the body and mind, emulating the sensation of being hugged or swaddled. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "13 Best Weighted Blankets in 2020: From Budget-Friendly to Organic," 25 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of swaddle

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for swaddle

Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe

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“Swaddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swaddle. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of swaddle

: to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.

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